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History Resources

Information about historical resources about Albuquerque.


Available through the Albuquerque Public Libraries and/or the University of New Mexico Libraries.

Items marked * are also available for purchase in The Gallery Store: (505) 242-0434.

  • Alberts, Don. Balloons to Bombers: Aviation in Albuquerque, 1882-1945. Albuquerque: The Albuquerque Museum, 1987.
  • Balcomb, Kenneth. A Boy's Albuquerque, 1889-1912. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1980.
  • Barnhart, Jan Dodson, and Byron Johnson. An Albuquerque Bibliography. Albuquerque: UNM General Library and The Albuquerque Museum, 1980.
  • *Biebel, Charles. Making the Most of It: Public Works in Albuquerque During the Great Depression, 1929-1942. Albuquerque: The Albuquerque Museum, 1986.
  • Davis, Mary and Michael J. Rock. Huning Highland Neighborhood Walking Tour. Albuquerque: Historic Landmarks Survey. Revised 1996 by Ann and Jim Carson and Janice Sperling, M.D.
  • DeWitt, Susan. Historic Albuquerque Today: An Overview Survey of Historic Buildings and Districts. Albuquerque: Historic Landmarks Survey of Albuquerque, 1978.
  • Dolittle, George. As I Remember. Albuquerque: Aiken Printing, 1973.
  • Drew, Laurel, Howard Henry, and Eldon Pierce. Newspaper Index, Vital Records in the Albuquerque Daily Citizen, various years. Albuquerque: The Genealogy Club of Albuquerque, 1996; Special Collections Library, Edith and Central.
  • Fitzpatrick, George and Harvey Caplin. Albuquerque: 100 Years in Pictures. Albuquerque: Calvin Horn Publisher, 1975.
    Freeman, Patricia. S.E. Heights Neighborhoods of Albuquerque, 1993, NP.
  • Gill, Don. The Stories Behind the Street Names of Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Taos. Chicago: Bonus Books, Inc., 1994.
  • Hughes, Dorothy. Pueblo on the Mesa. The First Fifty Years at UNM. Albuquerque: UNM Press, 1939.
  • Hurt, Mary Darden and Lillian Dolde. That's My Bank! History of Albuquerque National Bank. Starline Press, 1996.
  • Johnson, Byron and Sharon Johnson. Gilded Palaces of Shame. Albuquerque: Gilded Age Press, 1983.
  • Johnson, Byron. Old Town Albuquerque, New Mexico: A Guide to its History and Architecture. Albuquerque: Albuquerque City, 1980.
  • Johnson, Byron and Robert Dauner. Early Albuquerque: A Photographic History, 1870-1918. Albuquerque: The Albuquerque Journal and The Albuquerque Museum, 1981.
  • Melzer, Richard. Ernie Pyle in the American Southwest. Santa Fe: Sunstone Press, 1996.
  • Price, V.B. A City at the End of the World. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1992.
  • Romero, Cynthia and Arthur Romero. Albuquerque Trivia. Pennsylvania: Infinity Publishing, 2007.
  • Salmon, Pamela. The Presbyterian Odyssey, 1908-1996. Albuquerque: Presbyterian Healthcare Services, 1996.
  • *Sargeant, Kathryn and Mary Davis. Shining River Precious Land: An Oral History of Albuquerque's North Valley. Albuquerque: The Albuquerque Museum, 1986, 1995.
  • Simmons, Marc. Albuquerque: A Narrative History. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1982.
  • *Steele, Thomas J., S.J. Works and Days: A History of San Felipe Neri Church, 1867-1895. Albuquerque: The Albuquerque Museum, 1983.
  • Church Buildings and Land in Old Albuquerque, In Celebration of the Bicentennial of the Present Church Structure, 1793-1993. Albuquerque: San Felipe Neri Church, 1993.
  • Woodham, Marion. A History of Presbyterian Hospital: 1908-1979. Albuquerque: Presbyterian Hospital Center, 1979.

Theses and Dissertations

UNM, Zimmerman Library, some works about Albuquerque. Call number LD378; early works, call number 378; circulating copies, and UNM Archive, archival copies.


The Albuquerque Museum

Broadcast: Government Cable Channel 14, call Media Resources, 768-3958, for broadcast times. Purchase: La Tienda, Albuquerque Museum Gift Shop

  • *New Deal Films, Inc., The Albuquerque Museum: Alburquerque and the Rio Grande, 1706-1880. GEM Theater, shown daily; available for purchase, museum gift shop.
  • *New Deal Films, Inc., Albuquerque: City of Many Cultures, 1880-1940. GEM Theater, shown daily, available for purchase, museum gift shop.
  • *Johnson, Byron, Producer. Early Albuquerque: The Railroad Boom Years. The Albuquerque Museum, 1991. Available for purchase, museum gift shop.
  • *Palmer, Mo and Michael Kamins, The Albuquerque Museum. Albuquerque, City of Change, 1940-1980. The Albuquerque Museum, GEM Theater, shown daily.

KNME TV, Channel 5

Broadcast, check local listings. Available for purchase, KNME, call Denise Ward, 277-1227.

  • Gonda, Brian, Producer. Martineztown. Colores. KNME TV, 1993.
  • Kamins, Michael, Producer. A City at the End of the World. Colores. KNME TV, 1993.
  • Kamins, Michael and Mo Palmer, Producers. The Tingleys of New Mexico. Colores. KNME TV, 1995
  • The Alvarado Hotel. Colores. KNME TV, 1996
  • More Albuquerque Places of the Heart. Colores. KNME TV, 1998.
  • Purrington, Chris. Riding the Great Iron Horse, KNME TV, 1997.
  • Purrington, Chris and Mo Palmer. Albuquerque, Places of the Heart. Colores. KNME TV, 1997.

Archival and Library Resources

  • Albuquerque City Directories, 1908-present. Albuquerque Public Library, Fifth and Copper; Center for Southwest Research, Zimmerman Library.
  • The Albuquerque Museum Photoarchive, Albuquerque history photographs, to 1960; untranscribed oral history tapes. By appointment only, limited hours. 243-7255.
  • Albuquerque Progress Magazine, University of New Mexico Library, Parish Branch.
  • Albuquerque Public Library, Fifth and Copper. Newspapers on microfilm, maps, monographs, vertical files, research assistance. 768-5141.
  • Albuquerque Public Library Special Collections, Edith and Central, New Mexico items, rare books, genealogy library. Research assistance, limited hours. 848-1376.
  • National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, Kirtland Air Force Base East. Exhibits, photographs, nuclear and military activities. (505) 245-2137 .
  • Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico, Zimmerman Library. History literature, manuscripts, papers, microfilms; oral histories, architectural history, census records, Hispanic documents, dissertations. Photoarchive. 277-6451.
  • City of Albuquerque, Planning Department. Plaza del Sol building, North Second Street between Roma and Lomas; File room, limited hours. 924-3860.
  • Earth Data Analysis Center, University of New Mexico. Aerial photographs. 277-3622
  • MAGIC, Map and Geography Information Center, University of New Mexico Libraries, Science and Engineering Branch. Sanborn Fire Insurance Company maps on microfilm, maps.
  • Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District, Photographs. Limited hours. 247-0234
  • United States Forest Service, photographs. 842-3292.
  • University of New Mexico Archive, Center for Southwest Research, Zimmerman Library. History of UNM. Limited hours. 277-6451
  • University of New Mexico, Health Sciences Library. Photographs, medical history. 277-2311
  • University of New Mexico, Zimmerman Library, Albuquerque Newspapers on microfilm.

Additional Resources

  • Businesses, churches, clubs, fraternal, neighborhood, and other organizations, hospitals, schools, and similar groups may hold photographs and documentation of their past.
  • Academic journals and magazines available at the Albuquerque Public Libraries and the University of New Mexico libraries may contain articles about Albuquerque history. Research assistance available.
Subheader Image Details

Elaine de Kooning, 1920 - 1989
"Juarez" (detail), 1959, oil on canvas
Collection of Albuquerque Museum